On the way home from Big Basin State Park, I stopped by Half Moon Bay, another well-known place not too far away from San Francisco that I’ve been waiting to visit. There’s supposed to be amazing surfing at Half Moon Bay, but I’m not a surfer so I decided to go and visit the small town center that is Half Moon Bay. It was a quaint little place with some neat local shops. They even boast that their downtown shops are very unique! One of these unique places is San Benito Deli, which serves up sandwiches and that’s pretty much it (aside from one soup and pre-made salads). We decided to try their sandwiches, which are supposed to be delicious thanks to their homemade bread. Well, I would agree … they are delicious! Yum! I was a little disappointed they had run out of their specialty bread of the day though: Olive Walnut, so we could only choose from French Bread or Wheat. Even still, if you ever find yourself randomly in Half Moon Bay’s quaint downtown, I would totally stop by San Benito’s and get yourself a sandwich!


Welcome!


Ordering in this tiny shop


Egg and Avocado sandwich on French Bread


Egg and Avocado sandwich with Jack cheese on Wheat Bread


Half Moon Bay

Big Basin State Park has been on my list of places to go camping and hiking for about a year now. I finally got a chance to go on a quick weekend trip there and was super excited. As you know, it’s been raining like a mother in California for many months now, which means the streams, rivers, and waterfalls have been engorged. This meant the waterfalls along the Lower Berry Creek Falls Trail (the 10-mile hike I was looking forward to) was going to be amazing. Alas, also due to rain and storm winds, the trail was closed! I was so disappointed! I did end up finding some other trails that were open so I did end up seeing at least one waterfall: Sempervirens Falls. Even still, hanging out under Coastral Redwood trees is always pretty enjoyable anyway.

A redwood photo adventure:

It’s almost Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month at our school, which means we’re gearing up for our big celebration in May. For one of our mini project, I showed my students a video of one of the big lantern festivals in Taiwan that happen every year. Then we made mini lanterns on card stock paper that they decorated then cut out. The only bad thing about this project is that since no kindergartner or first grader can be trusted with brass tacks or tying real knots, I ended up tying a billion knots and fitting brass tacks through a million holes. It was all worth it though because their lanterns turned out so cute!


Working hard on the lanterns


Our mini lanterns!

Hi everyone!

Young kids are told all the time “Don’t touch that!” While this is typically in their best interest, it can actually stifle much of the curiosity and learning inherent to that age group. In Philadelphia, kids can let their creative juices flow at a museum aptly named the Please Touch Museum.

As part of a class I took this semester, we got an after-hours tour with the Executive Director of the museum. I had so much fun I forgot to take pictures of many of the exhibits, but see below for just a small taste!

The indoor carousel – this is located inside a giant room, which can also be rented out for meetings or events!

Imagination station – I can just imagine the hectic playground this area probably looks like during open hours!

Kid-sized transportation – A fake city bus and bus stop. I forget sometimes how fun the everyday mundane things can be for kids. I neglected to get a picture but apparently one of the busiest stations is always the fake grocery store, complete with child-sized carts, “produce” section, a deli, bakery, and all the aisles you might find in your supermarket, and a kid-friendly checkout station.

Located inside the historic Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, which was constructed as the art gallery for the U.S.’s Centennial Celebration’s art gallery back in 1876, the Please Touch Museum is definite must-see, whether you are a kid or just a kid-at-heart!

~attrace